Work Area: Merger Control

Covington and Cooley steer Amazon’s healthcare expansion

Amazon has revealed plans to acquire primary care network One Medical for $3.9 billion, drawing concern from some competition advocates, lawmakers and patients.

22 July 2022

Colombian enforcer accuses Avianca JV of breaching merger condition

Colombia’s competition enforcer has launched an investigation into whether the country’s largest airline and a local travel agency breached a merger condition after the authority conditionally approved their joint venture in 2018.

21 July 2022

UK clears aerospace tie-up with extensive commitment package

The UK government has cleared Parker Hannifin’s £6.3 billion purchase of rival aerospace component supplier Meggitt after accepting commitments to protect national security, competition and the future of the merged business in the country.

21 July 2022

A Q&A with Stacy Mitchell

The US antitrust agencies are considering revamping their merger guidelines and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance is looking to leave its mark on the new iteration. GCR USA spoke with ILSR head Stacy Mitchell about the nonprofit’s recent report calling on the agencies to adopt guidelines that will eschew remedies and bring down the hammer on vertical acquisitions.

21 July 2022

Luxembourg continues consultation on “widely desired” merger regime

A Luxembourg government consultation has found the proposed introduction of a merger control regime is “widely desired” although the nature of the system and notification thresholds require further discussion.

20 July 2022

Iceland seeks remedies to clear major telecoms tie-up

The proposed sale of Iceland’s largest telecommunications infrastructure provider to French private equity firm Ardian has been complicated by the national competition authority’s demand for “burdensome” remedies, the seller has claimed.

20 July 2022

CMA seeks to remedy tender concern for high-speed rail project

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is challenging a deal between two railway equipment providers over competition concerns centred on one tender related to the country’s High Speed 2 rail network, as the EU accepted a divestment remedy to clear the same merger.

19 July 2022

Illumina and Grail face “hefty fines” in EU gun-jumping probe

The European Commission has sent Illumina and Grail a statement of objections accusing the companies of unlawfully closing their deal, which comes less than a week after the General Court confirmed the agency’s jurisdiction to review the acquisition.

19 July 2022

UK tribunal remits Meta/Giphy block back to enforcer

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has agreed to reconsider its decision ordering Meta to unwind its already-completed purchase of Giphy after the country’s specialist competition tribunal found errors in the initial in-depth investigation.

19 July 2022

Taiwan conditionally clears retail deal with pricing commitments

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of RT-Mart by the country’s largest supermarket chain after imposing several behavioural conditions on the deal to curb potential price increases.

19 July 2022

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